AMS No. 212-08
Jimmie Turner (202) 720-8998
Billy Cox (202) 720-8998
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2008 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued certificates of protection to developers of 18 varieties of seed-reproduced and tuber-propagated plants. They include bluegrass, fescue, lettuce, potato, paspulum, soybean and tomato.
The certificates are being issued under the Plant Variety Protection Act. The certificates require that the varieties be new, distinct, uniform and stable. The owners will have the exclusive right to reproduce, sell, import and export their products in the United States for the duration of protection.
The 18 certificates are:
-- the Excursion variety of Kentucky bluegrass, developed by J.R. Simplot Company, Post Falls, Idaho;
-- the Arrow variety of Kentucky bluegrass, developed by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ & ZSeeds, LLC, Berlin, Md.;
-- the 5BAB*, Fury, Coronado TDH, and Virtue II varieties of tall fescue, developed by Pure-Seed Testing, Inc., Hubbard, Ore.;
-- the NIZ 44-4704 variety of lettuce, developed by Nickerson-Zwaan, The Netherlands;
-- the Constanza variety of lettuce, developed by Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc., Oxnard, Calif.;
-- the Sidewinder and King Cobra varieties of lettuce, developed by Central Valley Seeds, Inc., Salinas, Calif.;
-- the Ivory Crisp variety of potato, developed by University of Idaho, developed by Moscow, Idaho;
-- the Villetta Rose variety of potato, developed by Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Madison, Wis.;
-- the Sea Spray* variety of seashore paspulum, developed by Pure-Seed Testing, Inc., Hubbard, OR, & University of Georgia Research Fdtn., Inc., Athens, Ga.;
-- the Sheyenne* variety of soybean, developed by NDSU Research Foundation, Fargo, N.D.;
-- the D4127789 variety of soybean, developed by Monsanto Technology, L.L.C., St. Louis;
-- the 92Y20 and 94Y90 varieties of soybean, developed by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., Johnston, Iowa; and
-- the SENG 9171 variety of tomato, developed by Syngenta Seeds, Inc., Boise, Idaho.
* In the United States, seed of this variety shall be sold by variety name only as a class of certified seed, and shall conform to the number of generations specified by the owner of the rights (84 STAT. 1542, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2321 ET SEQ).
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service administers the Plant Variety Protection Act, which provides time-limited marketing protection to developers of new and distinct seed-reproduced and tuber-propagated plants ranging from farm crops to flowers.
For more information, contact the Plant Variety Protection Office at (301) 504-5518, fax (301) 504-5291, or the Internet at www.ams.usda.gov/pvpo.